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FRIDAY THE 13th of OCTOBER

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Circus of the Unknown is on the horizon. The billowing smoke from the engine can be seen from this distance. The flat ground before you will soon be broken by tents and carts and stakes and rope. The circus is on the horizon.

Though the circus has yet to open, the air is ripe with possibility. There is electric excitement, charging the atmosphere enough to stand hair on end. You can feel the change that’s coming.

There will be a time we may not remember the calm before the proverbial storm. Once the Ferris wheel is turning and the cotton candy is spinning, it may be difficult to believe that there was a time before the circus was here. This is the nature of the beast. To live in the moment and lose track of all else.

All too soon, the circus will pull up stakes and head off into the mountainous pass beyond. That is also not a thought that comes to mind when the fun is in full gear. To contemplate the end.

Friday the 13th is a good day. A lucky day. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.

It is a day to look ahead to the things coming. A time to know that it is all still ahead of us. Hold your breath. It will be here soon now.

And the sideshow will be there, too.

CABIN IN THE WOODS

Charlie Barker was lost.  He supposed that all ghosts cursed to roam the earth were lost, but this was more of a literal sense than a metaphorical definition.  He wandered the forest in search of a way out.

He had only trekked to the remote woodland as part of his penance.  He had to amass more glimpses into the infinite beyond.  Doomed to forever relate terrors.  To never find a way back.

He wondered if other ghosts had so much internal turmoil and angst.  Best not to ponder such things, he thought.  Besides, he had all of eternity to mull over the consequences his mortal coil had bequeathed him.

The sun had set, or so he thought.  It was setting, but the premature darkness was due to the impending storm as announced by a peal of thunder.  No sooner had Char realized this than it began to rain.

Most ghosts were incorporeal, he knew.  But not Charlie.  Charlie was still held firmly within his reanimated skeleton.  Also, part of the curse.  To be an undead and not reap from the benefits of the disembodied was tortuous.

The rain turned to a deluge.  Char knew that his poor old bones couldn’t take the onslaught.  He had to find shelter.

Fate presented him with a viable option.  Through a microsecond flash of lightning, he saw it.  A modest little cabin in the woods.

Char made his way through the overgrown path to the shack.  The rickety old door opened outwards with a groan of splintery wood and rusted hinges.  He went in.

It was an old trapper’s cabin, as indicated by various pelts and traps hanging from the wall.  There was an old coffee pot and can with a single enamel cup on a mantle above the fireplace.  There was fresh wood in the fire, which Charlie put to good use.  He had to dry his bones.

How does one go about haunting a cabin? Charlie wondered to himself.  He supposed that merely being there as a skeleton would go far.  His stories from the mirror of infinity would help, too.

The storm had drawn others to the place.  The door creaked open.  “Welcome,” he said grimly.

SEARCHING THE FOREST OF FEARS

Forest dark with a winding path
A little foreboding at night
Potential prey to creature’s wrath
Where shadows obscure all from sight

A lone cabin offers refuge
From the things that cry, creep, and crawl
And protection from the deluge
As the downpour begins to fall

Yet the shack does not surcease fear
As ghostly stories are spoken
Three tales are told aloud to hear
Horrors galore are awoken

With tales fantastic and scary
Teeth start to chatter as terror soars
Eyes dart and senses are wary
The very last story is yours

WHAT THE CIRCUS BRINGS

In January of 2018, a twice-weekly podcast hosted by the former sideshow carnival emcee turned sepulcher refugee, Charlie Barker will emerge.  The ghost host with ever an eerie toast makes his way from coast to coast.  Old Char relates three tales from the realms of alternate reality in the form of CreepyGrams.

WHAT IS A CREEPYGRAM?

A CreepyGram is a bizarre, scary, or otherwise morbid short horror story of exactly 365 words (such as these examples).  An offshoot of flash fiction, this is a unique story telling form not found anywhere else.  Sometimes based on urban legend or local folklore and sometimes just plain slices of original horror stories, these tales are as succinct as they are scary.  With a trio served twice weekly, you will barely have time to recover from one tale as Char goes into the next.  You may even hear a familiar legend in a CreepyGram from the subseries known as the “States of Fear”.  These are myths from every state in America.  A legend realized in CreepyGram format for each of the fifty states of the good old U.S. of A.

More details to follow.  Please come back for more updates.  The circus is coming to town.